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Myna Bushman Benefit Concert
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Myna needs to go to Basel, Switzerland for three radiation treatments. A type of targeted radiation (PRRT) not available in the US. It's not experimental, but the FDA has not approved it here yet. Of course Stan is going too.

They went in June for ...
Myna needs to go to Basel, Switzerland for three radiation treatments. A type of targeted radiation (PRRT) not available in the US. It's not experimental, but the FDA has not approved it here yet. Of course Stan is going too.

They went in June for the first one and will go back in August and October. It's expensive and not covered by insurance, not to mention the travel expenses.

In Europe it is standard treatment for neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). The results are that most patients have between 3 to 5 years with no tumor growth. And the side effects are low. With only 2% of patients being studied having severe problems.

This cancer is easily found on a blood test. But it's so rare no one looks for it. The main symptom is diarrhea. But when you report daily diarrhea, you are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 90% of NETs patients spend years thinking they have IBS. Myna did. The irony is that the only real cure for NETs is to find it early and remove it before it spreads. But while you are thinking you have IBS, your cancer is spreading and becoming incurable.

Background
In 2005 Myna's left leg began to swell. She spent the next year trying to find out why. She was told it was nothing, it was menopause, it was aging and to go home and ignore it. But she kept on and finally in 2006 she had a CT scan that revealed a tumor in her liver. Five doctors told her it was not cancer. It was benign and could be ignored until it it grew to five centimeters. It was two centimeters then. But just like the self-determined woman she is, she insisted it be removed. In March 2007, in the liver transplant clinic at Stanford she was told she had liver cancer and only had a few months to live. The next day they told her it wasn't that bad and she might live 8 to 10 years. Because this type of cancer grows very slowly. Of course they had to go back in and get the primary tumor. Another surgery in May 2007.

In June 2007 on a bench at Sea Cliff, while Myna was still as weak as a day old kitten, Stan proposed. In September 2007 Stan & Myna married. They lived happily for the next 5 years. They became the grandparents of twin boys and the world could not have looked happier.

In November 2012 They were told the cancer has spread to Myna's spine. There is no time to wait for the FDA or some ideal treatment in the US. Myna could have a fracture, a pinched nerve, or pain at any time.

So off to Europe they go.

The trip in June has exhausted their nest egg and now they need a little help from their friends. That's where you come in, a friend, old or new, thanks for being a part of our journey.
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